Sunday 29 September 2013

stills: getaway

1. fruit and vegie juices of a morning
2. a last minute decision to have a little getaway to the coast for a couple of days
3. staying at a good friends river side shack
4. gosh i miss this farm lifestyle
5. a morning designated to visiting all my old favourite op-shops. there were plenty of treasures that made it home
6. back home again and more vegie seeds are planted: my first order from Green Harvest.
7. Sunday afternoon baking. banana muffins with wholemeal flour in place of white, honey instead of sugar and coconut oil replacing butter.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

op-shopped: milk glass and cutlery jewellery

a nice little haul from the op-shops this week.
a combination of two of my favourite things: chooks and milk glass ($1)
a vintage sheet: soon to become FQs for the swap ($2)
florals ($1)
echidna print. originally from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ($5)
fork bracelet. i have wanted one of these for ages so my eyes lit up when I spotted this one ($2)

joining in with the op-shop show-off

Sunday 22 September 2013

stills: chooks and fabric painting


this week:
1. having a little pick at the beet leaves
2. the whole chook family
3. the first of the summer seeds have sprouted: pumpkin and nasturtiums
4. card making
5. my first attempt at fabric painting
6. Country Style reading. there are so many beautiful stories and photos in this issue.
7. sorting through the vintage linen stash. i'm hosting a vintage sheet FQ swap.

Thursday 19 September 2013

floral bunting.

bunting sewing and photo taking for the hopefully soon to be opened etsy store.
i've been brave and cut into several favourite vintage florals and am so happy with the results.
speaking of cutting into the stash I have a vintage sheet FQ swap up and running on my blog.. you are welcome to join in too.

you'll find me at the made by hand linkup at Christina Lowry Designs.

Wednesday 18 September 2013

vintage sheet FQ swap 2013

after being involved in Kellie's vintage sheet FQ swaps in previous years, this year there has sadly been no swap. i have missed sorting through the sheet stash, cutting them up and popping them in the post... waiting in anticipation for the postie to bring a parcel of inspiring new-to-be designs in return.

so without further ado...
to get involved simply leave a comment with your email address. alternatively you can email me at zara-117(at)hotmail(dot)com and let me know that you're interested in joining in this swap.

i will email all participants as you sign up with more details on the swap.

please have your vintage sheet FQs in the post to me by the 31st October. i will aim to have the FQs swapped and in the post by the end of the following week.

you can choose to swap as many or as few FQs as you want. the number of FQs you send will be the number you receive back.

place your FQs into a parcel satchel. also include a self-addressed pre-paid post satchel so I can send your newly swapped FQs back to you.

pre-paid post satchels can be purchased from the post office in 3 sizes:

small satchel $8.25
holds up to 500g
35 x 22cm

medium  satchel $13.40
holds up to 3kg
40 x 31cm

large satchel $16.70
holds up to 5kg
51 x 43cm
(Australia Post prices)

the small sized satchel will fit approximately 15 FQs and the medium 3kg satchel will fit 50+ FQs.

now for the important details-

- a fat quarter (FQ) measures approximately 50 x 56cm. these can be ripped or cut to size from the sheet as long as they meet these measurements.
- sheets must be washed prior to being sent
- ensure FQs are free from marks, stains, rips or holes. please only send sheets you would be happy to receive
- please only send cotton or cotton blend sheets. no flannelette or polyester. do not send sheets with cartoon characters or any solid colours

with those who are overseas and want to join in: i'm not sure how the prepaid post satchels would work but if someone knows how and it's not too difficult then i'm happy for you to join in the fun too.

do share this swap. the more involved the greater the variety of sheets you will receive.
if you have any questions please ask.
i'm really looking forward to this swap, i hope you are too.

Tuesday 17 September 2013

op-shopped lately.

this weeks op-shopped finds:
scrabble. it's always a bit of a gamble as to whether all the pieces are there when the op-shop ladies have taped the lid onto the box. luckily this was a complete set ($2).
woollen blankets ($2 each).
and sheets ($2-$4 each). perfect for cutting into fat quarters for the swap which I hope to have finalised in the next couple of days.

Sunday 15 September 2013

stills: tea towels and flowers

1. tea towels gifted from the lovely Jane
2. the pretty cards I received from the creative Mezz as part of the card swap
3. & 4. flowers everywhere at the local park
5. a favourite spot
6. two of the three new chooks. and a little photo bomber sneaking in
7. the apple tree is about to flower


Thursday 12 September 2013

vintage sheet quilt

i've wanted to join in with Christina's Made by Hand link up for weeks now, but most of my sewing of late has not seemed photo or sharing worthy.. think piles of triangles ready to be sewn into bunting, a messy sewing room and threads covering the carpet.

but this week i was determined and with my new camera in hand i snapped away at the finally finished vintage sheet quilt. it has only taken me nearly two years to get it completed and on the bed.
it's not so much of a quilt as it's not actually quilted (several attempts with my little sewing machine later and the bulk of a Queen size quilt and it was just not working for me), so i guess its more of a bed spread. it's backed with strips of more vintage florals.

all the fabrics are from vintage cotton sheets: op-shopped, gifted and swapped.

speaking of swaps... anyone else missing Kellie of green tea and red nails annual vintage sheet FQ swap?

would you be interested in participating if i held a vintage sheet swap?

Tuesday 10 September 2013

op-shopped: bark cloth and a bird tin

my first bark cloth buy, a pair of curtains. hopefully enough fabric to become a dress. if not a skirt
$2 milk glass from the markets
pastel Johnson of Australia
more bone handled knives for the collection
the sweetest Willow tin

joining in with Max and the op-shop show-off.